Madagascar national football team

The Madagascar national football team, nicknamed Barea after the island's zebu,[3] is the national team of Madagascar and is controlled by the Malagasy Football Federation. It has never qualified for the finals of the World Cup. It took part in its first Africa Cup of Nations in 2019. Among its biggest wins was a 1–0 home victory over Egypt in the qualification rounds of the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations until being surpassed by a recent shocking 2–0 win over Nigeria in the group stage of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Reflecting the official name of the country at the time, the team was known as the Malagasy Republic national football team between 1958 and 1975.

Madagascar
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Barea
AssociationFédération Malagasy de Football
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Head coachÉric Rabésandratana
CaptainAnicet Abel
Most capsMamisoa Razafindrakoto (61)
Top scorerFaneva Imà Andriatsima
Paulin Voavy (14)
Home stadiumMahamasina Stadium
Rabemananjara Stadium
FIFA codeMAD
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 100 Decrease 3 (16 September 2021)[1]
Highest74 (December 1992)
Lowest190 (March 2014)
First international
Madagascar 1–2 Mauritius 
(Madagascar; Date Unknown 1947)
Biggest win
 Malagasy Republic 8–1 Congo 
(Antananarivo, Madagascar; 19 April 1960)
Biggest defeat
 Mauritius 7–0 Madagascar
(Réunion; 31 July 1952)
 Congo-Léopoldville 7–0 Malagasy Republic 
(Congo; 18 July 1965)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2019)
COSAFA Cup
Appearances11 (first in 2002)
Best resultThird place (2015)

HistoryEdit

Madagascar made its debut in 1947 in a home match against Mauritius which was lost 2–1. The game was part of a Triangulaire tournament between Madagascar, Mauritius and Reunion. Madagascar's second match was at home to Reunion and saw their first ever win, 4–2. The triangular tournament was staged every year until 1958, and Madagascar's highest-scoring game was on 13 July 1953 when they beat Reunion 6–4 at home. Their worst loss was on 31 July 1952 when they lost 7–0 to Mauritius in Reunion.

Madagascar played against opposition different from Mauritius or Reunion for the first time in 1960, as part of a tournament between French-speaking nations held on the island. In their first match on 15 April 1960 they beat the Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) 6–1. The second game was a quarter-final against France's amateur side on 17 April and was lost 2–1. On 19 April Madagascar beat the Congo 8–1 in the third-place play-off.

In April 1963, Madagascar entered another competition for French-speaking countries, this time in Senegal, and was placed in a group with Dahomey (now Benin), Liberia and Chad. They opened with a 1–0 win over Dahomey on 11 April, and then beat Chad 2–1 on 13 April and Liberia 3–1 on 15 April. In the semi-finals, Madagascar were beaten 2–1 by Tunisia on 19 April, and then lost 4–1 to France's amateur team in the third-place play-off on 21 April.

In September 1963 the Triangulaire between Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius was reinstated for the first time since 1958. On 15 September they beat Reunion 6–1 at home, and on 18 September drew 1–1 to Mauritius in a home game which was abandoned.[4]

On 16 October 2018, Madagascar qualified to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history, after they won 1–0 against Equatorial Guinea.[5][6] During their debut match against Guinea on 22 June 2019,[7] Anicet Abel scored Madagascar's first-ever AFCON goal and secured their first point of the competition with a 2–2 draw against Guinea.[8][9] The team defeated Burundi in their second match[10] and followed it up with a 2–0 victory over the Super Eagles of Nigeria to top Group B.[11][12] Then Madagascar advanced to quarter-finals after beating DR Congo in the round of 16.[13] The team's successful performance was coined by pundits as the Iceland of Africa, resembling the shockingly successful debut of Iceland in UEFA Euro 2016.[14] However, Madagascar's dream ended abruptly after suffering a 0–3 defeat at the hand of another former champion, Tunisia.[15]

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA GR
  1930 Did not exist Did not exist
  1934
  1938
  1950 Did not enter Did not enter
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974 Withdrew Withdrew
  1978 Did not enter Did not enter
  1982 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 3 4 details
  1986 2 1 0 1 1 1 details
  1990 Did not enter Did not enter
  1994 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 7 3 details
  1998 2 0 1 1 3 4 details
    2002 10 3 0 7 7 16 details
  2006 2 0 1 1 3 4 details
  2010 8 3 3 2 12 9 details
  2014 2 1 0 1 2 3 details
  2018 4 1 2 1 7 7 details
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 36 12 8 16 42 51

Africa Cup of NationsEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record Africa Cup of Nations qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA GR
  1957 Part of   France Part of   France
  1959
  1962 Not affiliated to CAF Not affiliated to CAF
  1963
  1965 Did not enter Did not enter
  1968
  1970
  1972 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 3 5 details
  1974 2 1 0 1 3 4 details
  1976 Withdrew Withdrew
  1978 Did not enter Did not enter
  1980 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 3 6 details
  1982 4 2 1 1 4 7 details
  1984 4 1 1 2 3 4 details
  1986 2 0 0 2 2 6 details
  1988 2 1 0 1 2 3 details
  1990 Withdrew Withdrew
  1992 Did not qualify 5 2 2 1 3 2 details
  1994 Did not enter Did not enter
  1996 Withdrew during qualifiers Withdrew during qualifiers
  1998 Banned for withdrawal from qualifiers in 1996 Banned for withdrawal from qualifiers in 1996
    2000 Did not qualify 8 2 3 3 9 12 details
  2002 8 2 2 4 7 8 details
  2004 4 2 0 2 2 8 details
  2006 2 0 1 1 3 4 details
  2008 4 0 0 4 0 14 details
  2010 8 3 3 2 12 9 details
  2012 6 0 1 5 4 14 details
  2013 2 0 0 2 1 7 details
  2015 2 1 0 1 2 2 details
  2017 6 0 3 3 5 12 details
  2019 Quarter-finals 6th 5 2 2 1 7 7 8 5 1 2 12 10 details
  2021 Did not qualify 6 2 2 2 9 9 details
  2023 To be determined To be determined
  2025
Total Quarter-finals 1/33 5 2 2 1 7 7 87 26 20 41 89 146

African Nations ChampionshipEdit

African Nations Championship record Africa Nations Championship qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA GR
  2009 Did not enter Did not enter
  2011 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 0 2 details
  2014 Did not enter Did not enter
  2016
  2018 Did not qualify 6 3 2 1 6 3 details
  2020 4 2 0 2 4 5 details
  2022 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/6 12 6 2 4 10 10

African GamesEdit

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
  1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1987 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–present See Madagascar national under-23 football team
Total 4/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

Indian Ocean Island GamesEdit

Indian Ocean Island Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1979 Did not enter
  1985 Fourth place 4th 2 1 0 1 2 3
  1990 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 12 1
  1993 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 10 2
  1998 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 1 0 10 3
  2003 Group stage 5th 2 0 1 1 2 4
  2007 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 2 0 7 0
  2011 Group stage 7th 2 0 1 1 2 3
  2015 Fourth place 4th 5 1 1 3 6 8
  2019 Group stage 5th 2 0 2 0 2 2
Total 2 Titles 9/10 29 14 9 6 53 26

COSAFA CupEdit

COSAFA Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
2000 Excluded
2001
2002 Quarter-finals 5th 2 1 1 0 3 2
2003 Quarter-finals 7th 2 1 0 1 2 3
2004 Round 1 11th 1 0 0 1 0 2
2005 Round 1 10th 1 0 0 1 0 2
2006 Round 1 13th 2 0 0 2 0 4
2007 Round 1 8th 2 1 0 1 5 1
  2008 Fourth place 4th 6 2 2 2 6 7
  2009 Did not enter
  2013
  2015 Third place 3rd 6 4 1 1 11 7
  2016 Group stage 11th 3 1 1 1 1 1
  2017 Group stage 9th 3 2 1 0 6 1
  2018 Fourth place 4th 6 2 2 2 4 4
  2019 Did not enter
Total Third place 11/19 34 14 8 12 38 34

Fixtures and resultsEdit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2020Edit

2021Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Ivory Coast on 12 and 17 November 2020.
Caps and goals updated after the match against Ivory Coast on 17 November 2020.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
23 1GK Melvin Adrien (1993-08-30) 30 August 1993 (age 28) 14 0   Louhans-Cuiseaux
16 1GK Razakanirina Rakotoasimbola (1999-10-14) 14 October 1999 (age 21) 2 0   AS Adema
1 1GK Mathyas Randriamamy (2003-04-23) 23 April 2003 (age 18) 0 0   Paris Saint-Germain U-19

5 2DF Pascal Razakanantenaina (1987-04-19) 19 April 1987 (age 34) 33 2   JS Saint-Pierroise
21 2DF Thomas Fontaine (1991-05-08) 8 May 1991 (age 30) 25 0   Lorient
22 2DF Jérôme Mombris (1987-11-27) 27 November 1987 (age 33) 19 0   Grenoble
20 2DF Romain Métanire (1990-03-28) 28 March 1990 (age 31) 15 0   Minnesota United
14 2DF Jérémy Morel (1984-04-02) 2 April 1984 (age 37) 12 1   Lorient
3 2DF Sylvio Ouassiero (1994-05-07) 7 May 1994 (age 27) 3 0   Fola Esch

15 3MF Ibrahim Amada (1990-02-28) 28 February 1990 (age 31) 25 2   Al-Khor SC
4 3MF Arohasina Andrianarimanana (1991-04-21) 21 April 1991 (age 30) 21 1   Black Leopards
8 3MF Zotsara Randriambololona (1994-04-22) 22 April 1994 (age 27) 21 0   Fleury 91
3MF Anicet Abel (captain) (1990-03-13) 13 March 1990 (age 31) 17 3   Ludogorets Razgrad
6 3MF Marco Ilaimaharitra (1995-07-26) 26 July 1995 (age 26) 17 2   Charleroi
18 3MF Rayan Raveloson (1997-01-16) 16 January 1997 (age 24) 12 2   LA Galaxy
7 3MF Dimitry Caloin (1990-05-08) 8 May 1990 (age 31) 11 0   Sète
10 3MF Bastien Héry (1992-03-23) 23 March 1992 (age 29) 3 0   Derry City
17 3MF Loïc Lapoussin (1996-03-27) 27 March 1996 (age 25) 2 0   Union SG

11 4FW Paulin Voavy (1987-11-10) 10 November 1987 (age 33) 58 14   Misr Lel Makkasa
12 4FW Lalaïna Nomenjanahary (1986-01-16) 16 January 1986 (age 35) 47 5   Paris FC
2 4FW Carolus Andriamatsinoro (1989-07-06) 6 July 1989 (age 32) 39 11   Al Qadsiah
4FW Njiva Rakotoharimalala (1992-08-06) 6 August 1992 (age 29) 38 9   Nongbua Pitchaya
19 4FW William Gros (1992-03-31) 31 March 1992 (age 29) 5 0   Fleury 91
13 4FW Hakim Abdallah (1998-01-09) 9 January 1998 (age 23) 5 1   Lierse Kempenzonen
9 4FW Alexandre Ramalingom (1993-03-17) 17 March 1993 (age 28) 5 2   Sedan

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for Madagascar in the last year.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ibrahima Dabo (1992-07-22) 22 July 1992 (age 29) 11 0   JS Saint-Pierroise v.   Burkina Faso, 12 October 2020

DF Toavina Rambeloson (1992-11-26) 26 November 1992 (age 28) 6 0   Croix v.   Burkina Faso, 12 October 2020
DF Mario Bakary (1988-07-21) 21 July 1988 (age 33) 14 0   Fleury 91 v.   Burkina Faso, 12 October 2020
DF Ando Rakotondrazaka (1987-09-25) 25 September 1987 (age 33) 21 0   CNaPS Sport v.   Ivory Coast, 31 March 2020
DF Jean-Claude Marobe (1993-06-18) 18 June 1993 (age 28) 14 0   Fosa Juniors FC v.   Ivory Coast, 31 March 2020
DF Theodin (1996-08-16) 16 August 1996 (age 25) 5 0   Fosa Juniors FC v.   Ivory Coast, 31 March 2020

MF Maminiaina Safidy Rafenoharisoa (1994-08-28) 28 August 1994 (age 27) 0 0   Elgeco Plus v.   Ivory Coast, 31 March 2020

FW Arnaud Randrianantenaina (2001-01-03) 3 January 2001 (age 20) 5 2   CNaPS Sport v.   Ivory Coast, 31 March 2020

DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team.

RecordsEdit

As of 17 November 2020[16]
Players in bold text are still active with Madagascar.

List of coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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